A terrific, compact all-rounder, the Q3 is a car that can be enjoyed by every member of a family
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Need to know
The Q3 is packed with technology from the offset, with all versions using a large 10.1-inch touchscreen and fully-digital instrument cluster
Vibrant colours such as Turbo Blue and Progressive Red are available across most versions, which means this is a brighter SUV than most
The Q3’s optional Matrix LED headlights can cleverly filter the light around other traffic and pedestrians/cyclists, maximising vision without dazzling other road users
18” ‘5-double-arm’ alloy wheels
Full body colour paint finish
Front Sport seats in Index cloth
Q3 S line
19” ‘5-twin-spoke dynamic’ alloy wheels
S line exterior styling
Front Sport seats
A premium compact SUV that quite simply ticks all the boxes required for a car of this class, the Audi Q3 is a stunning all-rounder. Combining a sporty enjoyable driving experience with a well-finished interior, it runs rings around much of the opposition. Yet it doesn’t fall short of the all-important practicality requirements, thanks to plenty of rear seat space being offered, on top of a large boot. It’s highly unlikely to disappoint.
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Sitting at the upper end of the compact SUV category, the Q3 is an impressively well-designed and packaged car. Growing in size compared to its predecessor, it’s 10cm longer and features a stretched wheelbase to allow for greater interior space.
At the same time, the Audi Q3 has been lowered compared to the first generation, giving it a sportier look out on the road, while it’s also available with a range of trim levels – S line and Black Edition models offering a more muscular look than the rest.
The latest second-generation Q3 is a real step up in terms of exterior styling compared to its predecessor. Now boasting a far more purposeful look, the Q3 adopts sleeker lines and sharper creases to make it stand out in this popular premium SUV class.
Smart LED lights are included across all versions, with Matrix LED headlights available as an option on selected versions. Nine colour options are also offered, while customers can also choose a unique Audi Exclusive paint finish.
The technology in the Audi Q3 is a real highlight, with a 10.25-inch touchscreen included across the line-up. Audi’s MMI software gets advanced satellite navigation that uses 3D mapping, with realistic building models and road lanes illustrated – meaning you’re unlikely to ever miss a turn-off again.
Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit is also included – a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster that is fully customisable, allowing the driver to flick through various displays to find the configuration that works best for them.
Engines & Performance
Audi offers the choice of five turbocharged engines on the latest Q3, including three petrol and two diesel options. The Audi Q3’s price starts from £31,625.
Starting with petrol, a model badged 35 TFSI kicks off the range, using a 1.5-litre unit developing 148bhp and 250Nm of torque, with the choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed S tronic automatic. Next up are the 40 TFSI and 45 TFSI, which get a larger 2.0-litre unit, and both use an automatic transmission and come with quattro all-wheel-drive as standard. The 40 TFSI produces 187bhp and 320Nm of torque, while the powerful 45 TFSI puts out 242bhp and 370Nm of torque.
If you’d prefer diesel, there are two options – the 35 TDI and 40 TDI. Both use a 2.0-litre unit, with the former producing 148bhp and 360Nm of torque, while the latter develops 197bhp and 400Nm of torque. Both come with an automatic gearbox as standard, with the 40 TDI also being quattro.
If you want the headline-grabbing performance stats, it’s the 45 TFSI that is the Audi Q3 version to go for. With its healthy 242bhp on tap, it can manage the 0-60mph sprint in 5.6 seconds and head on to a top speed of 147mph, where permitted. Even the ‘slowest’ Audi Q3 still offers decent pace, however, with the 35 TFSI model able to hit 60mph in 9.3 seconds and max out at 130mph.
If you’re buying a Q3 with fuel efficiency in mind, the diesel versions are a great choice, and particularly the 35 TDI. With this engine under the bonnet, Audi’s official figures say that the Q3 can return up to 56.5mpg, while CO2 emissions of 131g/km are very low for an unelectrified car in this class.
0-60 mph (45 TFSI)
Top speed (45 TFSI)
CO2 emissions (35 TDI)
All vehicles are tested according to WLTP technical procedures. Figures shown are for comparability purposes; only compare fuel consumption, CO2 and equivalent electric range figures with other vehicles tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles, vehicle load (and, for battery electric vehicles, the starting charge of the battery).